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The library staff in both MMLL and the UL are always willing to help with any queries or problems you may have.

College Libraries vary in the provision they make for German books. College librarians are, however, usually willing to buy books on student recommendation when supported by a member of the Section or the Director of Studies. The Beit Library, a special collection of 15,000 volumes (located in the MMLL library) contains much specialist material.

The German representative on the Faculty Library Committee is Dr Mark Chinca (, who can be contacted in case of queries or suggestions.

The MMLL library

The MMLL Library is well stocked with essential texts, reference works, secondary literature, a large number of German language DVDs and more, including a small but growing selection of graphic novels in German. For more information please visit the Library website, and see also the Languages LibGuide for further information about accessing German resources.

More information about Cambridge libraries in general can be found here.

The Beit Library

The German Section is particularly fortunate in having access to the resources of the Beit Library, on the top floor in the in the MMLL Library. It is especially strong on the history of the German language, the classical period (esp. Goethe) and on the nineteenth century. It also contains a major reference section which has works like Goedeke, Grimm, ADB, Killy, Verfasserlexikon and a remarkable range of dictionaries, including dialect and historical works. The Beit has quite a number of titles not in the UL and it is essential to check its holdings in conjunction with the UL collection. Some Colleges also have important German collections (notably Trinity), some of which are on database.

The University Library (UL)

There are introductory tours of the University Library at the beginning of each academic year.


The University Library has excellent stocks in German subject areas. It has one of the major collections in German studies in the country.

The UL also has special collections in German. It holds incunables (pre-1500 imprints) published in Germany. There is a significant collection of printed dissertations from German universities, and a small collection of 'Schulprogramme'. The volumes of the Acton collection are particularly strong on political history and culture in the nineteenth century. The Schnitzler archive contains about one third of Arthur Schnitzler's manuscript papers and is being digitised. The Stefan Heym archive holds Heym's entire papers and a complete collection of his printed works. Other collections are the Bach collection (mainly German and Austrian texts 1900-1930), the Hunter-Alpine library of works on psychiatry, the Library of the Society for Psychical Research, special collections on World War One and on the Nazi period, the Bible Society Library, and a complete set of the illustrated volumes of the Insel Bücherei.

The Language Centre

General information

For language teaching the German Section shares resources with the Language Centre which has large stocks of audio and visual material. Please check access and availability with the Language Centre. For online material, please see here.  Material for specific courses (Translation, Audio Visual) will be made available to students on the relevant Moodle sites.

The Language Centre also hosts an online application, Just in Time Grammar, developed within the Faculty, to help basic and intermediate students brush up their command of German grammar. If you have a Raven password you can access the site here.

Computer-aided Language Learning (CALL)

General information

The Faculty has a well equipped CALL facility (Computer Aided Language Learning) in the South Wing of the Raised Faculty Building. You are advised to familiarise yourself with the resources there as early as possible in your first year.

Internet Resources

This list of links to sites are specially recommended to students of German.

Films and Videos

The MMLL Library has a large collection of German films. These can be useful in language learning as well as for the formal study of film topics within the Tripos. For more detailed information see here.

Latest News

Mark Chinca on BBC R4 In Our Time on Thursday 1 December

28 November 2022

Prof Mark Chinca will be one of Melvyn Bragg’s guests on BBC Radio 4 In Our Time this Thursday at 9:00am, when the programme will be discussing medieval Germany’s most famous and notorious epic, the Nibelungenlied. Listen online here .

Former student wins top prize from English Goethe Society

2 November 2022

We are delighted to announce that Helena de Guise, one of last year’s Part II students, has won the Thomas Mann Prize of the English Goethe Society for her essay 'Ein ‘Platz an der Sonne’ ohne Sonnenbrand: Understanding Irony in Thomas Mann’s Der Tod in Venedig (1912), Unordnung und frühes Leid (1925), and Mario und der...

Radio: Dr Sharma on multilingualism and migration in Germany

29 September 2022

We are delighted to announce that our Teaching Associate in German Linguistics, Abhimanyu Sharma was recently interviewed by the Bayerischer Rundfunk. You can listen to the report on multilingualism and migration in Germany here . Dr Sharma is interviewed at around 00:21:00.

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